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    It's Thursday, it's mid-afternoon in London, it's another wrongheaded morning in Mericky, it's who-the-fuck-knows-when in Australia, and it's time for more Crossed Hideosity.

    ...in fact, it's time for SEASON TWO to begin in frightful earnest.

    Episode 24, live and free-to-air.

    Remember: Not safe for work, not safe for minors, not safe for people of a nervous disposition, not safe for smuckers, not safe for turnpikes, not safe for Trogdor.

    TELLUZFINGS.
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      CommentAuthorddavie
    • CommentTimeOct 11th 2012
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    Awesome! "Gamekeeper" is a dirty freakin' turd...he has to be in the cross hairs before long. The forced wife-sharing would be sufficient to plug the old fart, one would think.

    Great job once again HW-Si - thanks for the entertainment!
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    Feeling much more like classic Crossed, this one. In vol. 1, the people seemed larger than life, like Cava was a cramped community and the individuals were too big for it. Here, even Jackson seems small and insignificant. You get the impression a strong gust of wind could carry them all off.

    Tough to show expression when they're all wearing riot gear, but the art team made up for it with body language. Some nice dark comedy too which is always appreciated. Whoever said the end of the world wasn't hilarious?

    I'm sure I'm not the only one a bit surprised to find the Gamekeeper didn't smack Sister Teresa from the start, but I do find the cat-and-mouse between them interesting, only... Which one's the cat? Spurrier wouldn't dare give our beloved Gamekeeper a Holy conversion of some sort... Would he?
    • CommentAuthorNo Fear
    • CommentTimeOct 11th 2012
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    I think he is biding his time, make someone dependent on you then you can start messing them up. The nun is still independent and the Gamekeeper I think would prefer to play a wait and see game in the expectation he can 'have' her later. I suspect any conversion will not last that long before he is killed in some gruesome manner, probably by Teresa. Personally, I see the Gamekeeper as having a 'choke on them' death scene.
    Looking forward to next week and some encounters of the Crossed kind.
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeOct 11th 2012
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    For me, the painful bit of that episode was hearing Teresa sass The Gamekeeper. Because, even though it was already pretty clear what was going to happen to her, that felt like the moment her fate was sealed.

    Interested to know more about Viceroy. I get the impression he might be a bit of a dark horse. Or he'll be casually offed without us knowing anything more about him!
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    Shakey is holding Elisa's hand. Is love in the air?
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    Hah he wishes no that's Tabitha.
    • CommentAuthortomrahster
    • CommentTimeOct 13th 2012
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    Totally agree with longtimelurker - it now feels like the group is much more open to the elements (including the crossed). I really got a sense that an attack was possible at any moment. A clever change in direction for the story.
    • CommentAuthorscorinaldi
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2012
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    great movement in the plot. my theory: the X's are the next hierarchy of Crossed, the leaders. You get an X if you are especially good and kind as a human being ( hinted at in Vol 2 - Chap 2 ).

    MLK, Gandhi, mother teresa would be 'X's' if they got infected. it's a funny idea, really: the crossed virus "inverts" your character. people that are basically , generally good turn into basic general rapists / sadists. people that are ABOVE AND BEYOND GOOD sister whassername become THE LEADERS IN FUCKED-UP-EDNESS.

    also : yes VICEROY will be important. he's too much of a question mark not to be.
    • CommentAuthorBadBeast
    • CommentTimeOct 18th 2012
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    Jackson's interesting. He's got skills that pay the bills, he's hard as coffin nails, capable of taking tactical and logistical decisions, independent, and mad as a box of frogs. There's the makings of a "hero" type there briefly, but then we find out he fucks sheep. Heroes don't fuck sheep. Or if they do, they don't get caught at it.

    Viceroy is tabula rasa so far, so speculation is pointless. No-one seems particularly likeable, there's been no character that engenders any degree of reader empathy yet. GK looks interesting, but you know anything we find out about him is going to be nasty. He's going to be out there still, crossed.

    I think the Nun is going to turn out to be reading from a completely different book. She's a loose cannon of considerable magnitude, so I hope her character gets more involved.

    Our narrator, Shaky, shows a marked level of perceptive acumen, above average intelligence, and an ability to plan ahead. Cold, and dispassionate, he shows no quality of character at all. In fact, his diary and it's musings seem to me to show almost psychopathic levels of dissociation and emotional withdrawal. That could just be situational, a kind of PTSD effect, but I don't think so. I think that fucker was like that from the start. If it was the old World, I think the Police would have been digging up his Patio to look for the heads at some point.

    I've just read Badlands though, so my own mind might be too scarred to think rationally. Ennis kind of spewed in my brain with that.
    • CommentAuthorJoe B
    • CommentTimeOct 18th 2012
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    In Shaky's defense, and Jackson's, I could see where being cold and dissociated would become a survival mechanism in this new world. Anyone at anytime could become infected. Close feeling of attachment can get you killed if the person you've come to rely on has suddenly turned for the worst. Love could make you hesitate, cold makes sure they're dead before they infect or kill anyone else. Jackson's sexual preference makes sense in a way. He doesn't have to worry about STDs, getting the sheep knocked up, or coming back from a walk about and finding out his paramour got turned or is dead.
    I think with Shaky, he wasn't too different from any other twenty something. Cynical, looking down people he felt inferior to him. He had a girlfriend and tried to find her when things went bad. It just went bad too quick. The shock of that left him vulnerable to a degree and easily influenced by GK who'd be a bastard no matter what the situation is. And as bad as he is, some of what GK says is common sense. It's where he goes with it that's dangerous. And we don't know how long Shaky was around him. If it was an extended period of time, he could have been completely mentally screwed up by that.
    The whole Crossed world screws up anyone, whether they're normal or not. You're supposed to feel bad when you kill another human being. But here, killing an infected child is self defense. People who can't apply common sense or quickly think through possible consequences are people who can get you killed. It's not that they're bad, they're a liability. And getting attached to them can get you killed. I think the biggest victims to the Crossed are trust and compassion.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeOct 19th 2012 edited
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    Not to sound like a privileged douche but shouldn't the next episode be up by now?
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    Not to sound like a you-might-try-actually-looking, just-because-I-haven't-put-up-the-thread-here-doesn't-mean-it's-not-live-yet, passive-aggressive-sarcasm-spouting douche -- but it is.

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